Where to Stay in Yosemite: 20 Amazing Lodges, Cabins and Campgrounds In or Near the Park

Let’s face it. Figuring out where to stay in Yosemite can be daunting. In fact, finding any form of Yosemite lodging at all can feel like winning the national park lottery depending on the season. Still, even when booking accommodation well ahead of time or during off-peak periods, the options seem endless and the areas wide-reaching. From hotels to cabins to tents to campsites spanning across Yosemite Valley, Yosemite West, El Portal and Groveland – it’s tough to narrow down the choices.

The good news is – we’ve done all the hard work for you and compiled 20 of the best places to stay in and near Yosemite, undoubtedly one of California’s most beautiful national parks.

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN YOSEMITE

Where to Stay in Yosemite

 

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YOSEMITE VALLEY LODGING & HOTELS

Yosemite Valley Hotels - the Ahwahnee Hotel

Ahwahnee Hotel ($$$$)

Smack dab in the middle of Yosemite National Park, you’ll find the Ahwahnee Hotel (formerly the Majestic Yosemite Hotel). Dubbed “luxury on the valley floor,” this lodge features views of Yosemite Falls from the dining room as well as the breathtaking sight of Half Dome. Although a luxury option, we highly recommend experiencing this place at least once in your lifetime.

Rooms start at $376 per night. Check availability now.

Yosemite Park hotels - Yosemite Valley Lodge

Yosemite Valley Lodge ($$$)

This beautiful lodge is located right in the middle of the valley and is the perfect option for groups and families. Featuring stunning views of Yosemite Falls, it’s the ultimate base camp for those wanting to be in the thick of it all with easy access to major hikes and attractions.

Rooms start at $249 per night. Check availability now.

 

YOSEMITE VALLEY CABINS & TENTS

Yosemite Curry Village

Curry Village ($-$$)

The largest lodging facility in Yosemite Valley, Curry Village (formerly Half Dome Village) offers motel rooms, cabins and canvas tent cabins with plenty of dining options. This spot is central and sells out quick, so be sure to book 10-12 months in advance if possible!

Units start at $84 per night. Check availability now.

Yosemite Housekeeping Camp

Housekeeping Camp ($$)

The experience of camping outdoors without the hassle of setting up a tent, Housekeeping Camp features three-sided concrete structures with canvas roofs and privacy curtains. Located in the middle of the valley next to the Merced river, spend the day lounging in the sand or taking in the breathtaking views of Yosemite Falls and Half Dome. Each unit features two electrical outlets, one inside the sleeping area and one outside, so you’ll never have to worry about your tech dying!

Units start at $108 per night. Check availability now.

 

YOSEMITE VALLEY CAMPING

Best campsites in Yosemite

 

Getting down and dirty while becoming one with nature is what a lot of adventurers expect while on a Yosemite vacation. There are 13 campgrounds alone in Yosemite National Park and that’s not including the many bordering its boundaries. If wanting to camp in Yosemite, planning ahead is your best option as most sites book out the day reservations open.

 

Camp 4 (Tent Only)

Probably the most famous of the camping options, Camp 4 is where you’ll find world renowned rock climbers ready for their ascent up the hovering El Capitan. If looking for a central spot in the park, Camp 4 is your best option.

Reservations: Required late May – early Sept via a daily lottery; First-come, first-served rest of the year.

Facilities: Fire pit (no grill), picnic table, four shared food lockers, nearby bathroom with drinking water and flush toilets.

Rates: $6 per person per night. Enter the daily lottery now. 

 

Lower Pines Campground (Tent & RV; No Hookups)

Featuring an iconic view of half dome and riverside campsites, Lower Pines is another one of our favorites. Also home to a central location within the valley, you’ll be within easy reach of all the main sights.

Reservations: April – October; Closed the remainder of the year

Facilities: Fire ring, picnic table, food locker and nearby bathroom with drinking water and flush toilets

Rates: $26+ per site per night. Make a reservation now.

 

Upper Pines Campground (Tent & RV; No Hookups)

Located just west of Lower Pines Campground, some argue this is one of Yosemite’s best campgrounds. Like its neighbor, you won’t be far from all your bucket list destinations in the park.

Reservations: Required year-round

Facilities: Fire ring, picnic table, food locker, and nearby bathroom with drinking water and flush toilets

Rates: $26 per site per night. Make a reservation now.

 

North Pines Campground (Tent & RV; No Hookups)

Located right across the Merced River from Lower Pines, this neighboring campground is also one of the more popular options within Yosemite Valley.

Reservations: April – October; Closed the remainder of the year

Facilities: Fire ring, picnic table, food locker and nearby bathroom with drinking water and flush toilets

Rates: $26 per site per night. Make a reservation now.

 

Tuolumne Meadows Campground (Tent & RV; No Hookups)

While not located within the valley, this campground is situated along Tioga Road, and was one of John Muir’s favorite spots within the park. The perfect opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle down below, Tuolumne is much quieter than most campgrounds in Yosemite. Due to its location along Hwy 120, be sure to check road conditions for closures.

Reservations: July – September; Closed the remainder of the year; 50% of sites reservable, 50% first-come, first-served

Facilities: Fire ring, picnic table, food locker and nearby bathroom with drinking water and flush toilets

Rates: $26+ per site per night. Make a reservation now.

 

YOSEMITE WEST LODGING & HOTELS

Including Wawona, El Portal and Sugar Pine Areas

Yosemite West Lodging - Tenaya Lodge

Tenaya Lodge ($$)

Nestled about 2 miles away from the park’s entrance, Tenaya Lodge is an absolutely stunning option that offers the best of both worlds. Offering modern amenities including AC, cable TV, a spa, an on-site restaurant and more — you might almost forget you’re right next to national park wilderness. For what’s offered at this chalet-style hotel, you can’t beat the price, and WiFi is included in room rates!

Rooms start at $179 per night. Find the latest deals now.

Yosemite West Lodging - Cedar Lodge

Cedar Lodge ($)

Although not the fanciest option, Cedar Lodge offers a price you just can’t beat, plus an indoor pool. Honestly, we are still children on the inside who are ecstatic over the idea of swimming inside, sue us! Located about 20 miles from the valley, this is the most affordable option you’ll find in or around the park outside of camping. 

Rooms start at $89 per night. Find the latest deals now.

 

YOSEMITE WEST CABIN RENTALS

Yosemite cabins - 7S Wawona Chalet

7S Wawona Chalet ($$-$$$)

A fully-equipped mountain cabin in Yosemite, this vacation home offers 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom and comfortably sleeps 4. The terrace provides the perfect spot for summer barbecues and the free wifi will help keep you connected while away!

Rates start at $305 per night for the unit. Find the latest deals now.

Note: 2 – 3 night minimum stay depending on season. Pets not allowed.

Yosemite cabin rentals - Serenity Pines Cabin

Serenity Pines Cabin ($$-$$$)

This rustic cabin meets modern in the best possible way and sleeps 6 to 8 guests comfortably. One of the top rated cabins in Yosemite, Serenity Pines offers 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, free wifi and more!

Rates start at $450 per night for the unit. Find the latest deals now.

Note: 2 night minimum stay. Pets not allowed.

Cabins near Yosemite - Yosemite View Cabin

Yosemite View Cabin ($-$$)

This classic mountain cabin comfortably sleeps 6 and is actually located within Yosemite National Park! The vacation home offers 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and satellite TV. You’ll want to book quickly though as it’s only 10 miles from the heart of Yosemite Valley and gets reserved well in advance.

Rates start at $295 per night for the unit. Check availability now.

Note: 2 night minimum stay. Pets not allowed.

Yosemite rentals - Yosemite's Starfall AirBnb

Yosemite’s Starfall ($$)

Just a short drive to Yosemite Valley, this cozy, blue cabin can comfortably accommodate 6 to 8 guests. The highlight of your trip will definitely be sitting under the stars in the new jacuzzi on the deck. Talk about the perfect way to relax after a day full of adventures! There’s even an EV charging station on-site during non-snow months, WiFi to stay connected and a super-capacity washer in dryer. 

Rates start at $325 per night for the unit. Check availability now.

Use this link to get $40 off your first AirBnB booking.

Note: 2 night minimum stay. Pets not allowed.

Best places to stay near Yosemite - Frontiersman Cabin

Frontiersman ($$)

An excellent value home featuring a patio, A/C and WiFi, Frontiersman comfortably sleeps up to 6 guests. Located a little over an hour away from Yosemite, this cabin has all you need for a family or group getaway.

Rates start at $230 per night for the unit. Check availability now.

Note: 2 night minimum stay. Pets not allowed.

Where to stay near Yosemite - Yosemite's Glacier Peak Lodge AirBnb

Yosemite’s Glacier Peak Lodge  ($$-$$$)

Although not the cheapest option, this lodge style AirBnb allows up to 8 guests during snow months and up to 15 the rest of the year. If you split the cost, it’s actually quite affordable! Located just 30 minutes from the park, this two story unit offers breathtaking views from a floor to ceiling window and a large deck. With the added lack of wifi and cell phone service, we think it’s the perfect opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle of life for a few days!

Rates start at $595 per night for the unit. Check availability now.

Use this link to get $40 off your first AirBnB booking.

Note: 2 night minimum stay. Pets not allowed.

 

YOSEMITE WEST GLAMPING

Glamping Yosemite - AutoCamp Yosemite

AutoCamp Yosemite ($$-$$$$)

When we think of hipster camping, Airstreams are exactly what come to mind! This unique experience is located an hour from the valley, but doesn’t skimp on the amenities, making the relatively long trek to the park worth it. Each trailer is equipped with a Tempurpedic mattress, organic linens and spa-inspired bathrooms complete with a walk-in shower and fluffy robes — now that’s glamping! There’s also a communal clubhouse, a freshwater pond, heated pool, sundeck and outdoor lounge areas.

Rates start at $209 per night. Find the latest deals now.

 

GROVELAND LODGING & RENTALS

Yosemite where to stay - Blackberry Inn in Buck Meadows

Blackberry Inn at Yosemite ($$$)

Situated in Buck Meadows, Blackberry Inn is as charming as they come. This quaint accommodation features a serene garden and terrace, plus a tour desk to assist guests in planning their trips!

Rooms start at $220 per night. Find the latest deals now.

Note: 2 night minimum stay.

Cabins near Yosemite - Pine Mountain Magic near Yosemite North Gateway

Pine Mountain Magic ($-$$)

This cozy lakeside cabin near Yosemite North Gateway comfortably sleeps up to 8 and features a game room! You’ll be fully equipped at Pine Mountain Magic with 4 bedrooms, a washing machine and even cable TV.

Rates start at $250 per night incl. taxes and fees. Check availability now.

Note: 2 night minimum stay. Pets not allowed.

 

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